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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - TN: Civic Engagement

The U.S. Capitol steps were the scene of violent protests on Jan. 6 over Congress' acceptance of states' Electoral College results. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Lawmakers vowed to complete their official acceptance of states' electoral votes last night, after protestors delayed the process in Congress that confirms President-elect Joe Biden's win. The angry mob surrounded and breached the U.S. Capitol, in protests that left one person d

Fifty-one percent of Tennesseans already have cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election, according to data from the Secretary of State's Office. (Adobe stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As Tennesseans cast their votes today, civil-rights groups are calling on Gov. Bill Lee to address the issue of voter intimidation at the polls. Hedy Weinberg, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said voter intimidation includes displaying mis

Historic numbers of Tennessee residents have either requested absentee ballots or voted early. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Absentee voting in Tennessee has surged during the pandemic, prompting questions about how long it might take for election officials to tally votes. Dawn Schluckebier, advocacy and government relations director for the nonpartisan nonprofit Think Tennessee, said so far, more th

USCIS said it naturalized 834,000 new citizens in 2019, which represents an 11-year high in new oaths of citizenship. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal agency's decision to postpone naturalization ceremonies due to COVID-19 is likely to mean hundreds of thousands of people won't be able to vote in the November election -- and critics of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency say the move can't be viewed i

Tennessee ranks 40th in the nation for voter registration. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The last day to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, July 30, for Tennesseans wishing to avoid the polls on August 6, the state's Democratic primary election day. Voting-rights advocates say residents should first verify they are eligible to vote by mail before they start the p

More Americans are expected to vote by mail in the 2020 election year as the coronavirus pandemic continues. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee is bracing for multiple elections this year, including a major statewide election on Aug. 6 and the general election on Nov. 3. Yet without a vaccine for the coronavirus, many voters are worried about the health risks involved in showing up at the polls. In many sta

The Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. Gov. Bill Lee's second State of the State address focused on education, teacher pay and job creation. (Adobe Stock)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Gov. Bill Lee addressed the 111th Tennessee General Assembly yesterday evening in a State of the State speech that focused primarily on education, while complimenting the state's Medicaid system as the most efficient in the country. But some health care experts said they disagr

A judge has temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that outlines strict new rules for voter registration, including fines and criminal charges for anyone who doesn't comply. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just weeks from going into effect, a federal district court judge has temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that would make it more challenging for civic groups to organize voter registration drives. The law also would allow criminal charges for people who submitted inaccura

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